Most people understand how difficult it can be to balance their work and home lives. It seems in this day and age the pace of life is just getting faster and more hectic. I myself have struggled with this in the past and know how down in can get you. Well no fear my friends, there is hope and today I am going to share it with you. I have figured out five tips that are great options to help with balancing work and home.
Make and Use a Schedule
The best thing to do when trying to balance work and home is to make a schedule. Know how much time you have and schedule your work time and your home time. Then, you will know when you need to schedule work and home events.
We personally use Remember The Milk to do this. It is a great way of keeping our lists organized and our time productive. Plus it is mobile so no matter where we are we can use our time effectively.
A schedule will make your life significantly easier and you will know which activities fit into which time frame. There is one glith though- make sure you stick to your schedule.
Share Responsibilities and Be a Team
Many times work and home responsibilities can become overwhelming because one spouse is handling more of the responsibilities than the other. So, learn to share responsibilities at home and each spouse can be responsible for their work.
I have to admit my hubby and I are a great team. We split everything. If one is doing the dishes the other is doing the laundry. We tackle each days list together and split whatever tasks we can. Then we share the rest and spend some time together while getting them done. Having a team mate is huge when it comes to being motivated to get things done and in saving energy.
Don’t Bring Work Home
Balancing home and work can be difficult because it is so easy to take work home. I used to do this. I was in a really stressful job a few years ago and I constantly brought the issues home. It was such a waste of my time and energy. If you really want to balance work and home then you will always leave work at work and keep home a sacred place for family and home activities. Remember you work to live not live to work.
Dedicate Weekends to Activities at Home
A great way to keep home and work separate is to always focus on home activities during weekends, or at least on days off from work if you happen to work on weekends. When certain days are home days and other days are work days then it makes balancing work and home considerably easier.
Make a Plan
The best way to balance work and home is to always make a plan. There are tons of tips that will help you, but there is nothing like making a plan and then following the plan to really balance work and home. It might be difficult, but if you have it planned out and follow the plan you will be surprised how easy you can find a balance.
These are just a few ways you can balance your work life and home life better.
Readers, what have you found helpful in this area? Are you living a balanced life?